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Assistant Deputy Secretary to Keynote Connecticut Bullying Forum

Remarks to focus on bullying and harassment as hindrances to learning

Jo Ann Webb, (202) 401-1576,

Event Date 1: November 22, 2010 10:00 am

CONNECTICUT, Hartford—Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, will address the importance of creating safe, supportive school environments at the Connecticut Bullying Forum at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at the Connecticut State Capitol. He also will discuss the harmful impact of bullying and harassment on academic performance.

In addition, Jennings will discuss the Department’s efforts over the past year to address bullying. Those efforts include $38.8 million in Safe and Supportive School grants to measure safety at the school building level and to help intervene in those schools with the greatest safety needs. In addition, the Department’s blueprint for reform of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act calls for a dramatic increase in funding for its Successful, Safe and Healthy Students grants program, which is an expansion of the Safe and Supportive Schools pilot. Jennings also will participate in a panel discussion on bullying with students and state and community policy leaders.

The theme of the forum is “Bullying in the Classroom and the Chat Room: Ensuring that Every Student is Safe to Learn.” The event is a conversation with young people affected by bullying, state policy leaders, and local stakeholders who have successfully tackled the problem. The forum is presented by the Commission on Children, the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, and the Connecticut Department of Education.

Event 1
Who : Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education
George Jepsen, attorney general-elect
Rep. Catherine Abercrombie, assistant majority leader
Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, co-chair, Education Committee
Rep. Catherine Abercrombie, assistant majority leader
Rep. DebraLee Hovey, assistant minority leader
Rep. Douglas McCrory, assistant majority leader
Rep. Bruce Morris, assistant majority leader
Rep. Beth Bye (senator-elect)
Rep. Patricia Miller, member, Education Committee
George Coleman, deputy commissioner, Connecticut Department of Education
Elaine Zimmerman, executive director, Connecticut Commission on Children
Jill Spineti, president and CEO, Governor’s Prevention Partnership
What : Keynote address at the Connecticut Bullying Forum
When : 10 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 22
Where : Connecticut State Capitol
Legislative Office Building, Room 2-C
300 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT